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Tetradrachm (cistophoros) of Sardis with cista mystica

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Obverse: Cista mystica with lid raised, serpent issuing to left, downwards, all in an ivy wreath with bunches of berries. Reverse: Two serpents entwined around a bow-case ornamented with palmettes. At right, a draped figure (Zeus Lydios) stands to left, phiale in extended right hand. At...

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From the collection of the American Numismatic Society; by 1959: Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule Jr. Collection; gift of Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule Jr. to MFA, May 14, 1959

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule Jr.

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 135–128 B.C.


Sardis, Lydia

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 199.


Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 12.08 gm. Die Axis: 2

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins